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11/11/16 – 5:20 A.M.

The former manager of the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University has avoided jail time for taking more than $10,000 from high school athletic tournaments held at the facility. The Blade reports Wood County Common Pleas Judge Alan Mayberry sentenced 35-year-old Ben Spence to three years of probation. Spence also has to pay back more than $10,000 to the Ohio High School Athletic Association and complete 300 hours of community service.

Spence pleaded guilty to theft and tampering with records in September.

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11/11/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Police have arrested two more people in connection to an arson case in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports 27-year-old Christopher Douglass and 28-year-old Cara Smith face aggravated arson charges. The Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office says the two, “purposefully and knowingly participated in the planning and preparation” of a fire set to a home at 231 Sandusky Street on October 31.

Detective Shilo Frankart says Douglass and Smith turned themselves in Thursday. Authorities arrested three other people in the case seven hours after the fire. 26-year-old Shawn Gregg, an unnamed 15-year-old, and an unnamed 17-year-old all face aggravated arson charges.

Frankart said Gregg and the teenagers threw Molotov cocktails at the house, setting off the blaze.

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11/11/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A federal grant will help lower-income Hancock County residents with home repairs. The Community Housing Impact and Preservation, or CHIP program, has awarded $850,000 to the county. The money is set aside to fund 20 home repair and 11 home rehabilitation projects. This can include things like electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Home repairs are free to eligible homeowners. Home rehabilitations require a 20 percent, no-interest deferred loan for homeowners. The grant covers the rest of the repairs.

For more information call the WSOS Community Action Commission at (800)775-9767.

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11/10/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A Hardin County man is going to prison for having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl. WLIO-TV reports Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett sentenced 51-year-old Thomas Todd to 12 years in prison Wednesday. A jury found Todd guilty on four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. The jury found him not guilty of rape and attempted rape charges.

Investigators say the incidents happened between July of 2015 and May of this year.


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11/10/16 – 5:35 A.M.

In an effort to reduce the infant mortality rate, a Seneca County agency is giving away free Pack N Play cribs to new and expecting mothers. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County General Health District has partnered with the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative since 2014 for the effort.

To qualify, applicants must meet WIC income guidelines. They do not have to take part in WIC. The mother must currently be pregnant or have an infant under the age of 12 months, and there must already be no safe place for the baby to sleep.

For more information call (419)447-3691.

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11/10/16 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock Parks Foundation has plans for a new gazebo at the Riverbend Recreation Area east of Findlay. The Courier reports a donation of more than $40,000 from the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation is paying for the facility. The donation is in honor of the late Mariann Dana Younger who passed away in July.

Plans for the gazebo have it set to the left of the main entrance of the Brugeman Lodge.

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11/10/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Main Street bridge in downtown Findlay is getting a new name. On Veterans, Day officials will dedicate the structure in honor of Lt. Col. Ralph D. Cole. A ceremony is set for 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Front Street.

Cole was a World War I veteran and former state representative and congressman. He was also one of the founders of the American Legion.

State Representative Robert Sprague, State Senator Cliff Hite, and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will attend Friday’s ceremony.

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11/10/16 – 5:01 A.M.

You’ll be able to look up Findlay’s finances on a state website soon. The Courier reports City Auditor Jim Staschiak submitted data to OhioCheckBook.com in late September. The records submitted to the site are currently under review. Staschiak says he is waiting on a guarantee from the state that only information submitted from his office will appear on the site.

Staschiak says a software representative added information to Findlay’s test page that wasn’t vetted. He added, “This final step is important because the Ohio Checkbook site requires a written confirmation from me that our data is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, so I want to make sure it is only uploaded by me.”

Nearly 900 entities are on the site. There is no cost to post data to it.

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11/10/16 – 4:23 A.M.

State transportation officials and the state highway patrol are trying to do something about a spike in crashes along I-75 in Wood County. Signs that record drivers’ speeds are going up today at State Route 582 after 26 wrecks in the past month. The latest happened yesterday morning when a trucker died after going off the highway and slamming into an overpass. Troopers say high speeds are to blame in most of the crashes at the location.

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